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Holiday Activities in the Classroom; Making a Difference in the Community

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December 20, 2013

The Orange Schools celebrated the holiday season through various classroom activities as well as making a difference in our schools and community. Here are just a few of many examples:

  • Moreland Hills Elementary School's Annual “Coats For Kids” collection brought in 272 coats and jackets. Teacher Mrs. Nancy Sable helps the fifth graders coordinate the collection each year to help keep the children of Greater Cleveland warm each winter.
  • Kindergarten kids at Moreland Hills School held “Family Traditions and Culture” lessons throughout the month of December. Families of various students volunteered to share traditions with their children’s classes through all kinds of activities. Some of these involved holiday foods and treats, holiday traditions, vacation memories, a CD of songs written and sung by a family, and many others.
  • The Holiday Wish List Program collected gifts and food to help 29 families in the Orange City School District that are in need during the holidays. School social workers put together family wish lists and with the help of our generous community those items have been donated. Beech Brook and Orange social workers partnered with the Orange PTAs and Orange Area Service Committee to make this happen. 
  • Working together, a group of the students collected hundreds of non-perishable food items that will be delivered to Orange families during the winter months. Monetary donations to assist families in need were also collected and given to the Orange Area Service Committee.
  • The Orange High School Choir and Jazz Choir performed for the Kiwanis Christmas celebration. The Orange Jazz Choir also went caroling.
  • The Brady Middle School Orchestra, Band and Choir performed holiday music at their winter concerts. With more than 80 students in the eighth grade choir, this marks the largest individual Brady Middle School choir in Director Jamie Snell's 30-year tenure here.
  • Students in Ms. Cheri Waggle’s classroom at New Directions assisted the “Clothes for Kids” program as a “pay it forward activity”.
  • The Orange High School Unity and Diversity Group hosted its annual “Unity Holiday Party” in the media center. All school groups were invited to come and celebrate their ethnicity with food and music. It was a great affair!
  • Orange Inclusive Pre-School students created miniature gingerbread houses with their families and friends. Students were able to choose from a variety of necessary building materials including licorice, gum drops, candy canes, cookies, and the ever-popular vanilla frosting used to bond it all together.
  • Orange Community Education & Recreation's Early Childhood program hosted a Holiday Gift Shop for preschoolers in the District to shop for gifts for family members. They partnered with the Orange Senior Center's handwork group which provides handmade items for their gift shop. Kids shopped on their own with "elves" who helped them to make selections -- no parents were allowed in the gift shop so all gifts are a surprise.
  • Members of the Brady Middle School Builders Club under the direction of Mr. Scott Face and Ms. Ann Magill boxed and delivered more than 1700 non-perishable items to the Garfield Methodist Church food pantry satellite facility in South Euclid. The items will feed between 50-100 families throughout our community during the holidays.
  • Orange Schools students, staff and families have contributed donations to the Orange Area Service Committee to make a difference in the lives of Orange families. The Orange Area Service Committee provides financial and other support to those in need throughout the year including, but not limited to, financial support for students to participate in school trips and opportunities that they may not otherwise have the chance to experience.


Orange Schools
32000 Chagrin Blvd
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
PHONE: 216.831.8600
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